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NY Scouts to Urge Boy Scouts of America to End Ban on Gay Scouts

The Greater New York Council of the Boy Scouts of America announced its plan to challenge the Boy Scouts’ national policy that bans gay troop leaders and members from participating in the Boy Scouts. The announcement came after the New York City Council threatened to prohibit any government agency from funding or supporting Boy Scouts programs because of the Scout’s ban on gay members. New York Scouts leaders are urging the national organization to revoke the ban and promised to introduce resolutions backed by other scouting councils in other communities in an effort to revise the policy. The New York City Council gave the scout leaders four months to convince the Scouts’ national board before the council would reconsider the ban of government sponsorships of scouting programs. Similar efforts by Rhode Island and California Boy Scouts leaders have been unsuccessful.

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New York Times Ð February 27, 2001

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